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With the Milwaukee Bucks out of the NBA playoffs from 2019 to 2020, there is much speculation that the team's best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, will leave Milwaukee to play for another team, but other, bigger questions remain. With the Bucks in the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history and the NBA's worst record in 2017-18, the other big question remains. Gianni Antetsokoumpi says he won't leave the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.
The Milwaukee Bucks have just decided not to play their scheduled home game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, March 1 at the Milwaukee Convention Center, according to advent health reports.
The decision stopped the sports world on a dime, and shortly after the news broke, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the team would also skip today's MLB game. In a joint statement Wednesday night, players from the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds said they would also skip the game, according to the Associated Press.
However, it was a player on the Bucks' roster named Giannis Antetokounmpo who had the biggest impact on them to make it back to the playoffs. The loss of Parker forced him to take on a bigger role in the team, which ultimately helped change the team's fortunes. Still, players from the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, as well as many other sports organizations, have publicly expressed support for their stance.
Giannis let fans know the good news by posting it on Twitter, saying: 'Milwaukee is my city. Giannis has said since signing his contract that he loves Milwaukee and has no plans to leave, and he has said he loved Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has qualified for the playoffs in each of the following three seasons, including in the 1974 NBA Finals when the Bucks lost a seven-game series to the Boston Celtics. The Bucks made their first playoff appearance in four years, marking the first team since the 1999-2000 season, and the second in three consecutive years.
The Bucks gave the Bulls everything they could handle in Game 4, winning on a Jarryd Bayless layup at the buzzer that gave Milwaukee a 92-90 victory. In the Eastern Finals, however, the Bucks would be overtaken by the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost again in six games.
The Bucks' worst night came in the third quarter, when they took a 29-11 lead. The Bucks remained competitive until the turn of the year, getting a breakout season from Giannis Antetokounmpo, nicknamed "The Greek Freak," and the Bucks were catapulted back into the playoffs this season.
Milwaukee signed Mike Budenholzer, a defensive-minded coach who turned the Bucks into one of the best coaches in the world in the off-season. In the NBA, which earned them a good record in a league in 2018-19. Milwaukee improved its overall winning record by 29 games and finished the season with a 44-31 record, which was then eliminated by the New York Knicks in the Eastern Division finals. The Bucks ended the year with the second-best loss in NBA history and a playoff appearance while he was named Coach of the Year. When the future of Milwaukee basketball became tangible, they had new uniforms and a new logo for the first time in franchise history.
Glenn Robinson teamed up with Vin Baker to form a formidable front-court duo that upset Milwaukee again. Milwaukee won its first seven games when people in the NBA feared the Deers. In the playoffs, the Bucks would have been eliminated in the first round and lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Bucks stunned the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 to earn a split when the series was moved to Milwaukee. The Bucks took a timeout on the first possession of the ball and the Pistons took it into overtime. With the game on the line and the chance to move this series to Milwaukee, they played well enough to take it into overtime and closed the series with a 116-91 victory to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001.
The following season, the Bucks would give up Glenn Robinson to the Atlanta Hawks and Bogut and Jackson to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh, as well as a second-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft for Bogur and the oft-injured Andrew Jackson.
To complete the team, the Bucks would take Oscar Robertson from the Cincinnati Royals in exchange for Flynn, Robinson and Charlie Paulk. With the departure of Milwaukee Dunleavy, he later acquired three-point shooter Ray Allen from the Los Angeles Clippers. In the 2014 NBA Draft, they would select Duke forward Jabari Parker in the first round with their second-round pick.
Milwaukee would be defeated by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, and in the following round, the second round, in their first playoff game.